My mother gave us Jan Brett’s Christmas Treasury the Christmas Johnny was born. It is one of Emma’s all-time favorite books, all year round. Emma will happily sit through all seven stories: The Mitten, The Wild Christmas Reindeer, Trouble with Trolls, The Twelve Days of Christmas, The Hat, Christmas Trolls, and The Night Before Christmas. Christmas Trolls is Emma’s current favorite story, I suspect because it features a Dala Horse just like the one we have from the years my parents spent in Sweden (she likes to hold the horse while we read the story). I love that this story emphasizes the importance of giving over receiving.
I also love the many, many activities available for free on Jan Brett’s website!